Star­land County suc­cess­ful in pass­ing AAMD&C res­o­lu­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Star­land County was suc­cess­ful in pass­ing its res­o­lu­tion to the Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts and Coun­ties AAMD&C, lob­by­ing the prov­ince to im­prove over­sight of del­e­gated leg­is­la­tion.

Star­land Reeve Bar­rie Hoover ex­plains the res­o­lu­tion is to deal with mak­ing sure reg­u­la­tions and other items re­lated to bills are pre­sented be­fore leg­is­la­tion is passed.

“We are ask­ing not just the pro­vin­cial govern­ment but also our­selves,” said Hoover.

“When we put for­ward a bill or a mo­tion that be­fore it goes to third read­ing we want to have all the right reg­u­la­tions or what the rules are be­fore peo­ple have to vote on it so they know ex­actly what they are vot­ing for rather than a sur­prise at the end.”

The res­o­lu­tion reads, “that the AAMD&C lobby the Govern­ment of Al­berta to en­act a leg­isla­tive re­quire­ment that all del­e­gated leg­is­la­tion in­clud­ing reg­u­la­tions, or­ders in coun­cil, min­is­te­rial or­ders and codes, that are es­sen­tial to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new or amend­ing leg­is­la­tion, be sub­mit­ted for re­view to the pub­lic and the leg­is­la­ture be­fore fi­nal read­ing of the en­abling leg­is­la­tion takes place.”

It was co-spon­sored by Knee­hill County and ear­lier this year the res­o­lu­tion ap­proval from the Cen­tral Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts and Coun­ties be­fore taken to the pro­vin­cial level.

An ex­am­ple of a leg­is­la­tion com­ing be­fore the sup­port­ing reg­u­la­tions and codes is the con­tro­ver­sial Bill 6. Hoover said this was a jump­ing off point for the res­o­lu­tion.

“That’s where it started from, but there have been sev­eral be­fore, and ev­ery once in a while we have our own where you have to plan on how it is go­ing to ef­fect ev­ery­one be­fore you pass it,” he said.

The ses­o­lu­tion was ap­proved at the Spring Meet­ing on March 16 and 17. It re­ceived an 85.5 per cent en­dorse­ment. With the pass­ing of this res­o­lu­tion, it be­comes a lob­by­ing point for the en­tire AAMD&C.

sub­mit­ted

Star­land Reeve Bar­rie Hoover presents the County’s res­o­lu­tion last week to the AAMD&C spring meet­ing. The res­o­lu­tions re­ceived an 85.5 per cent en­dorse­ment.

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